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Buying a new home far away from your current one is an important decision in your life because it involves investing a huge amount of money. It is also an exciting and adventurous experience to have a new home where you can make new friends and have a fresh start. However, buying a new home far away from your current location could be a very stressful thing to achieve. It goes with a lot of mental and emotional stress. From considering the right location to move into, to getting the right realtor, purchasing according to your budget, and finally organizing your moving.

Here are a few tips below to make your house hunting easier.

Out of State Move House Hunting Tips

  1. Determine your budget.

When buying a new home, you must know how much you have saved for buying and moving into the new home. You must be able to determine the true cost of the house and the expenses you will incur. You can begin by finding out how much it will cost to purchase a new home, get a real estate agent, get a relocation expert to assist you in moving out, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes and utilities, house maintenance, transportation, food, and other expenses.

You may also need to consider a mortgage loan if necessary, from the bank or any mortgage institution that will be willing to lend you the money needed to purchase the home. However, it is advisable to work within your budget to avoid incurring debts that may in the long run make you lose your home. You may also consider paying by installment if you do not have the money at once. Having a budget should be the first step in purchasing a new home.

  1. Get the right realtor

Finding a good and credible realtor when relocating and buying a new home is one of the most important things to do. You should be able to choose a realtor that you can work with. Get a realtor with enough experience. Someone that understands the housing market and the location you are moving into. The realtor should be someone you can easily have access to and meet at any given time.

When picking a realtor, always seek referrals from other homeowners. A referral is important because it gives assurance on who you are working with. If you do not know anybody in the new area that can refer a realtor, you can find an online community of that area and reach out to people on the platform. You can also find out if the realtor is reputable and credible by researching about the realtor online or through a real estate company.

  1. Have a virtual home tour.

Recently, because of the pandemic, buyers now go online to search for a new home of their choice. They can easily go to a real estate website that has a virtual house search and find an up-to-date listing of houses that they fancy, in the location they want. They can also conduct a virtual tour of the home they desire. This will be helpful as you do not need to travel to check out the home. If you are someone with a busy schedule virtual tour can also help you.

  1. Visit the house for inspection.

Before buying a house, you need to visit the house to take a proper look at the asset you are buying. Even with the help of a good realtor and a virtual tour, there is a need to visit the house and carry out an inspection. It usually a good idea to get a proper feeling of what your life will feel like when you move to your new home. You should also get a professional inspector to inspect the house. A good inspector will inspect everything in the house and give you a piece of professional advice on whether to take the house or not. This will prevent you from making the wrong choice and having to regret buying the wrong house as your dream home.

  1. Learn about your proposed new location.

Knowing the new city or location you are moving into will go a long way in helping you make the right choice when moving to your new home. Make sure to pay a visit to the new city and know the neighborhood. It is important to move to a safe neighborhood. Discover if the neighborhood is well known for criminal activities or any other unacceptable activities. Also, find out if you will be comfortable in your neighborhood. It is best to consider how people interact with one another in the new location. Some cities are known for being people-friendly, relaxed, hostile, etc. you must know the atmosphere that suits your lifestyle. You should also get to know about the transportation options available in the new city, to plan your budget when moving in. Consider other activities like restaurants, grocery shops, galleries, etc.

  1. Consider your family and job.

Your new home should be able to accommodate your family members. However, do not forget to always work according to your budget. If you are single, you can decide to get a one-bedroom apartment. If you are newly married, you can get a two-bedroom apartment. Also, if you are a couple and do not wish to have kids you can get an apartment that will accommodate both you and your guests. You should also consider a pet house if you have a pet, the school your kids will attend, accessibility features for an aged person if you have one living with you and other family members. For your job, consider proximity from your home to your place of work if you are not working remotely. Even if you are working remotely, you also need to have a home that can be both office and home-friendly.

  1. Be open-minded.

Finally, keep an open mind on your move. Flexibility is important. While you may originally have an idea of the kind of home and neighborhood you want to live in, you can also discover that there are other options as well.

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country?  Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely.  Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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People move for different reasons. Family reasons such as divorce, changing marital status, financial or economic reasons such as getting a more affordable house, and other reasons such as getting a new job in another city or another part of town. People are always moving not just because they want to, but sometimes, because they have to move. However, the rate at which people move is not as high as one would expect.

In 2019, just before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world, fewer people in America changed homes. Statistics show that there was a migration decline in the months preceding the coronavirus pandemic. Even in the preceding decade, there was a continuing decline in the migration rate. Between March 2019 and March 2020, before the pandemic, the rate of people who changed residence was at an all-time low since World War II. Even before the coronavirus pandemic.

For 2020, it appears that there is a mix in the migration pattern both across different parts of the country and internationally. This mixed pattern is evidenced by real estate, moving, and survey patterns date. All these data show a selective migration based on different reasons.

The Pre-Coronavirus Pandemic Decline in Moving Migration Rate

Migration trends confirm a relatively consistent decline in migration movements. There has been a gradual but consistent reduction in migration. This reduction is due to a number of factors such as demographic factors, economic forces, age of the population, and labor factors. Migration plunged even more after the great recession in 2008. No doubt, the great recession affected the housing and labor markets generally consequently, affecting the rate at which people migrated.

Both local and international migration have been on a decline. From 2007 (the beginning of the great recession), internal migration reduced from 4% to about 3.5% to 3.7%. Survey shows that even the people who moved gave housing-related reasons. Many moved to find more affordable housing.

Factors that Affected the 2020 Moving Migration Pattern

Different factors such as safety and finances have contributed to the migration pattern of 2020. However, the major factor that affected moving migration pattern in 2020 was the coronavirus pandemic.

There is data to show that some moves were induced by the coronavirus pandemic. For example, some people moved from crowded cities to smaller cities to reduce their chances of coming in contact with people and getting the virus. Some young people had to move back home with their parents or other family members for health and safety reasons.

Effects of the Pandemic on Migration in 2020

2020 was the year of the pandemic. Countries were forced to go on lockdowns and people had to stay home and work from home. The Coronavirus pandemic affected a lot of activities and migration was not left out. Still, some reports show that despite the coronavirus pandemic, people kept moving. Moving data from 2019 was analyzed with that of 2020. Even though there are no definite answers, there is data that shows people’s response to the pandemic. Some data suggests that people moved more than usual while others suggest that people moved less.

Some Examples of How People Moved and Why are Highlighted Below.

  • Many countries closed their borders. The coronavirus pandemic forced many countries to close their borders. This was done in a bid to contain the virus in the country as well as prevent more from coming into the country. This made migration a whole lot more difficult than it already is. Border closures slowed down the rate at which people could migrate to other countries. Thus, border closures and travel restrictions affected international migration and not local migration.
  • Economic downturn was one effect of the coronavirus pandemic that led to a reduction in the rate of migration. Migration can be very expensive, and the coronavirus pandemic reduced the amount of money in circulation. Companies are letting go of workers and cutting salaries and there are no jobs because every other company is trying to remain stable through the pandemic. the direct effect of the economic downturn.
    There is however data to show that some people moved because of the economic downturn. The coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of income loss and this income loss led some people to move as they could no longer afford their current housing. Some moved to places with cheaper housing while others moved back in with family. The bulk of this category of people are millennials who found it hard to survive with the effect of the pandemic on finances and jobs. A lot of them had to move back in with families.
  • For internal migrations, some data suggests that people moved less than usual in a bid to stay healthy. However, people also moved to stay safe. For example, a lot of people moved from urban areas to communities with fewer people. For long-distance moving, reports show that there were fewer long-distance moves in the year 2020 and the obvious cause of this was the pandemic.
  • A lot of companies and organizations have adapted to the pandemic and now, many workers work from home. This work from home arrangement has affected migration patterns. Statistics show that a good number of people move to enable proximity to work. Now, they no longer have to go to work every day thus, dispelling the need for proximity. This development has caused some people to move away from big cities and also, prevented some from moving to big cities as they can work from towns close to the cities.

Conclusion

The bulk of the 2020 migration patterns were pandemic-related migration patterns. It is uncertain how lasting the coronavirus pandemic-related migration will be. It is however anticipated that when the vaccine becomes more widespread, the migration rate will go back to its stable downward shift. For instance, the fact that a lot of organizations have adopted the work from home arrangement means that fewer people will have work-related migration. It is uncertain how long the work from home arrangement will last thus, uncertain how long the reduction in work-related migration will last. The same applies to all other coronavirus-related patterns.


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Have you ever embarked on a long-distance trip that was going smoothly and you were so relaxed and having fun but suddenly, the car stopped moving? This can be very annoying and frustrating, especially when you are at the center of the road with no help from anywhere. Moving can be very stressful and one of the ways to ease the stress of moving is by making the road trip fun. Getting on a long-distance move can be fun. At the same time, a long drive can affect your car if not properly tuned up. Thus, the need to ensure that your car is tuned up before a long-distance move cannot be overemphasized. Below are some routine checks to carry out on your car before undertaking a long-distance trip.

  1. Inspect your tire

Inspect your tires to know if they are perfect for the long trip. If you notice that they need replacement, make sure to replace them with new sets of tires. You do not want to have flat tires while enjoying your road trip. You also need to check the air pressure to ensure it is moderate. If you notice the air pressure is too low, you must add air into the tires to bring them to a suitable level. There is also the need to have spare tires in case the ones in use for the trip get punctured. Additionally, have your jack with you and make sure it is in good condition All these will help to ensure your trip is safe and smooth.

  1. Check your battery.

The fact is, you cannot go on a long-distance trip if you have a dead battery. Before making that trip, check your battery to be sure that it is strong enough. If you notice you are having difficulty starting your car, you may need to get a new battery. You can also repair the dead battery if you cannot afford a new one. However, to avoid disappointment and frustration on the road, you should get a new battery.

  1. Change your engine oil.

Changing your engine oil is important to ensure your car moves smoothly. You must know how to change your engine oil. You cannot have old and dirty oil in your engine. This will hinder the effective functioning of the car. Ensure that the oil is not too low to prevent the car from not being able to move at all. Get clean oil for your car and make sure to add the right quantity to the engine.

  1. Check your breaks.

If you are going on a long trip, you must ensure that your brakes are in good shape. Making sure that your brakes are not making squealing noises, or they are not worn out is very important. Examine your brake pads or get a professional to do so. If there is any problem with the brakes, then change them before embarking on that trip.

  1. Check your headlights.

Headlights are important during a long-distance road trip. Check your headlights by turning them on and off to ensure they are bright enough for the road. If you notice are too dull or they are not working, it is best to change them. Headlights are mostly important for night driving. It is risky to drive at night without a good headlight. You should also have spare headlights if the already fixed ones get bad.

  1. Get your air conditioner working.

Air conditioning is needed when embarking on a long trip, especially summer road trips. You will feel very uncomfortable if the weather is too hot and you are on a long-distance move. Get your air conditioner replaced or serviced if you notice a reduction in the cooling capacity.

  1. Clean and replace your window, mirror, windshield wipers.

Clean windows and mirrors are necessary when going on a long trip to avoid accidents on the road. Make sure your windows and mirrors are sparkling clean to ensure good visibility while driving. Windshield wipers should be replaced if damaged. There should be sufficient screen wash to help clear your windscreen while driving.

  1. Fill your fuel tank.

Most times, people go on a road trip without filling their fuel tanks, only to run out of fuel in no distant time. Filling your fuel tank before hitting the road will save you a lot of stress and prevent you from being stranded when your car gets trapped on the road because of an empty tank.

  1. Check your belts.

The engine drive belts are used to run a few different engine accessories. Know how to examine your belts and prevent them from potential breakdowns. Before the long trip, inspect the belt and check if there is any sign of wear. If there is, make sure to replace it. You should also inspect the belt for cracking. When the belt is old, the rubber becomes weak which can cause a crack. Once you notice the crack, the belt should be replaced because it may fail at any time.

  1. Have an emergency kit.

You should always have an emergency kit when going on a long-distance move. It is important to have an emergency kit because the longer the journey, the more they need an emergency kit. An emergency kit will be very handy if the car breaks down or there is any form of emergency. It is necessary to have it available to avoid the unexpected while driving.

Conclusion 

In conclusion, general car maintenance is exactly what your car needs before hitting the road. Every part of the car must be duly checked and maintained for the car to function well while on the road. You can also get a reliable mechanic to inspect the car and conduct a complete car tune-up. Failure to do any of the above may result in an accident, a frustrating ride, or an unsuccessful road trip. No one wants to have a road trip filled with car troubles. Having your car tuned up before a long-distance move will make you confident and relaxed. You will also have fun while driving.

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country?  Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely.  Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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Stress Free Packing | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

The ultimate stress-free packing experience would be one offered by your moving company, for sure.  Hire them, bring them in, and they pack for you… But 99% of the time, this is not the case.  Most people run out, buy their boxes, and get to packing up their stuff.  Besides, only you know the more valuable, sentimental, and cherished items from the others.  Me, I am a bit obsessive-compulsive, so I would want to pack everything myself the way that I want to.  Besides, after moving no less than eight times in my life, I think I’ve become pretty good at it…  But, prior to packing “everything” for a move, there are things you should do to make your pack more “stress-free.”

Organize and Get Rid of Stuff

Trust me.  Decluttering your home and getting rid of the items you really don’t need will make your life easier.  Example:

  • The 12-year-old pillows on your couch with worn covers that you bought when you were in college.
  • The old blender you replaced with a Ninja or Vitamix
  • The old pair of sneakers that have been sitting in the back of your closet
  • The old lawn furniture that may not be right in the back yard or has about had it due to using over the years,

Really, making the decision to get rid of items will literally liberate you and make you less stressed about how you may get items to your new home, increased costs, and or whether or not items may be the right fit for the new space.

Get rid of anything broken that cannot be repaired you do not need.  Sell stuff on Offer Up, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace, to recoup a little cash for your moving costs…

Overdo the Packing Supplies

Seriously.  Again, I have done this enough to know, you never, ever, buy enough boxes, bubble wrap, plastic wrap, etc. the first time you bring them home.  You will almost always go back to the store to purchase more of them.  If you think you need 5 boxes, buy seven.  If you think one roll of packing tape is enough, buy two, etc.  It doesn’t matter if you have extras.  You may use them for storage at your new home for the attic or basement, or you can turn around and sell them.  Someone will buy them because of the sheer number of people that are looking for moving supplies at any given time.

Don’t standardize on one size box either, especially large boxes.  Do you know how heavy an extra-large box of kitchen supplies can be?  Will that box be safe?  Get smaller boxes for different packing options.

Buy more than you think you’ll need.  Trust me on this one…

Get Organized…

Yes, you heard it.  This is critical to helping you minimize the stress of packing and having a deadline to move. The more organized you can become early in the process, the less stress you will endure.  Here are a few tips to getting organized….

  • Label your boxes before you start and put them in their designated rooms.
  • Color-code each box in each room or label them for breakables
  • Create an inventory per room that you want to pack and a list of items you wish to get rid of.
  • Use a spreadsheet to keep track of boxes and belongings, by numbering each box for each row or column in the spreadsheet.

Get creative to make your life easier going into the process and at the exit of the process when you are unpacking.

Research “How to Pack”

You might find it silly, but there are literally hundreds, and maybe thousands of videos on YouTube for how to pack belongings, your kitchen, etc. that will make your life more efficient in the process of packing.  Click this link and you’ll learn more in just a few short minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+pack+for+moving.  Don’t know how to pack your shoes, there’s a video for that.

One bit of advice we can give is that you should start the process no less than a month or more in advance… If you know you are moving in 90 days, start offloading the items you do not want to bring with you, selling them, disposing of them, or giving them away.  Once you have done that, you’ll be able to assess what you will “need” to be packing up.  Start packing 30 days ahead of time.  Why a month and not a couple weeks.  From experience the following may affect your packing:

  • Work schedule,
  • Holidays & family obligations
  • Budget
  • Weather
  • Car problems
  • Health issues

The list can go on.  You want to give yourself ample time to pack to keep yourself from being stressed out.

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If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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What You Need to Know About Moving Your Office or Business | Hercules Movers | Commercial Movers  Movers NJ

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to moving an office or a business.  You’ve likely heard the saying, “Location, location, location,” meaning that where you decide to locate your business could make or break you depending on the business type you own.  It’s absolutely true.  We saw a gym once move from a prime location on a corner with a lot of traffic, just down the road a quarter-mile into a new building, on the backside of it, and their new membership enrollment plummeted.  New memberships are the lifeblood for any fitness facility… This is also true when talking about the city or town in which a business office could be located.  You may want to move to attract a certain type of employee that fits your business’s personality or culture better than another geography.

Below are a few points you should know before you make an office move:

Location, Location, Location

Why are big tech companies located in Silicon Valley?  Why are big tech companies located in the Seattle area?  Why are the mom & pop clothing stores, etc. on main street America?  It all boils down to location.  You need to go where the employees and customers are.  Not necessarily in that order and not necessarily the same for every business type.  Google doesn’t need to be on the main street in small-town USA, and Joe’s furniture doesn’t necessarily need to be in Mountain View, CA right next to Google (but it may help them sell more furniture).  Not everyone needs to be in Dallas, Miami, or San Francisco, either.

If, however, you are looking to relocate your business, you may want to start looking for up and coming towns and cities that are transforming themselves.  These locales may have the migrating population, culture, and demographics you need for your business to thrive.  Let’s take Austin, TX for example.  Once a small city with a low cost of living, and a thriving music scene, soon became a hub for Internet startups because it was so inexpensive to live there.  Now Austin is a thriving technology town, with a vibrant population of technologists’ branch offices, and headquarters to some of the most dynamic software companies in the world.  Denver Colorado is/was another one of these cities.  It exploded with new people when the Cannabis market hit legal status.  Now is a thriving city of farming, technology, and much more supporting the specific vertical markets.

Whatever your reason for moving, you may want to make it a more strategic one for the survival of your business.

Moving Your Business

This may be the hardest thing you have ever done for your business.  There is a LOT to take into consideration.  Besides the obvious, are you relocating employees?  Are you hiring and training new employees in your new office location?  How will that impact your business?

Just as important as hiring the right team members in the new location, is the decision to hire the right moving company for the job.  Will they be handling just the move?  More than the move?  Will they be the group working with your IT team to set up your furniture and help ensure that the networking is set up correctly for your first day in the new office?  It doesn’t matter if your business is large or small.  Seriously, it doesn’t.  What matters is that the process is handled by a reputable, professional organization that is going to help you achieve your goal.  Remember, the moving company will be moving computers, printers, copiers (likely), file cabinets full of paperwork, networking infrastructure, inventory, etc.  It is more comprehensive than you know if you are of any size…  This is why a reputable moving company like Hercules Movers, Inc.  Hercules will ensure a safe moving process for your company.

The last thing a business wants to do is spend a ton of money that you do not have to.  Make sure you get a comprehensive estimate and understand any additional costs that may be involved in the move.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here:  https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.

 

 


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4 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Used to Their New Home | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

Not only can moving to a new home be stressful for you, but it can also be tough on the children.  If you’ve moved beyond your neighborhood, out of town or across the country, your kids may have left their friends behind, are in a new environment, and likely will be starting at a new school in the coming days.  Making new friends and leaving the old ones behind can be a bit stressful for a child. They’re essentially alone in a new environment at school for the first time all over again!  Here are a few ways you can make it easier on your child or children 

Keep Your Kids In The Loop

From the time you get ready to make the decision to move, keep your kids involved. They can actually be a big help if they are made part of the process.  Meaning, letting them know where you are moving to, some of the positive points and highlights, getting them to help you pack, unpack, etc. pack their toys in “their boxes” so that they can unpack them themselves, keeping them occupied so you can put your dishes in the cupboard for the first time without distraction.  This way they play a vital role in their minds to moving into the new home, helping to make it their own.

Make it a Special Family Growth Opportunity

Kids respond to the news of a move different from one another.  This is just a fact.  Some will be excited for your move south (if let’s say you’re moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida, as many of our clients have done), and some will be more resistant to a move out of the neighborhood leaving friends behind.   It will be your job to get your children pumped up about your move to your new home, creating excitement for the new adventure they’re going on.  

One way to create some excitement, depending on their age, is to let them pick the color of their new room, or pick out that racecar or dollhouse bed for their new room.  This could ease their mind and distract them from the thought of leaving their best friend in first grade behind.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about a pet, such as a kitten, and think the new home is the right place, and the distraction may be the right time to do so for your child.  Or, maybe you’re moving to a new home with a pool, which is sure to get your kids excited for summer fun.

Make it a Game

If your children are old enough, you may have had them memorize your home address.  They’re getting a new one, so you may want to turn the memorization of the new address into a game with treats and prizes to get them interested in learning their new address… 

Tour the New Area (A Couple of Times)

It’s likely you moved to a new neighborhood in a new town.  Very rarely does someone move two doors down from their old home, unless you’re moving from a smaller apartment to a larger one in the same building?  If you’ve moved to a new town or a new neighborhood, it’s likely that your children are a bit overwhelmed with the simple things, like getting off the school bus at the right home. Make it a point to find out what the route is their school bus will be using, and drive that route to and from school a couple of times.  This will familiarize both you and them with their route so they are more comfortable on their first day at the new school.  It will be rough enough on them getting on a school bus with a bunch of kids they don’t know.  

Take them to the closest playground or park.  Show them something they can look forward to in a semi-familiar environment.  Every kid likes a playground if they’re of that age group.

Ask them to pay close attention when you are touring the area, and try to have them navigate you from place to place or on the route home.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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You went to the Home Depot, you bought the boxes, plastic, moving blankets, peanuts (Those messy get everywhere under everything styrofoam peanuts), and had to go back again because you didn’t buy enough boxes for the move, three times…  Everyone does this.  Everyone stacks up on way too many newspapers just to crumple them into balls to use them for packing… What to do?

It’s easy to overwhelm yourself with packing, especially when you waited until the last minute to start packing. But once your packed and the movers have loaded everything onto their truck, got it to your new home, and unloaded it all over your new place, where the heck do you start?  The bedroom, bath, kitchen?  It again can be a little overwhelming… 

Here are a few do’s and don’ts for unpacking your new home once it’s all been unloaded… 

The Essentials

This is really where you should start… This may be the box you didn’t want the movers to move in fear of getting lost.  It may contain:

  • Any medications that are critical to you
  • Toiletries.  You know, Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, towel, washcloth, hairbrush, blah, blah, blah
  • Maybe some canned food or soup for dinner that evening
  • Anything you may need in the first 24 – 48 hours of your move to your new home.

Your Kitchen

This should likely be the first area of the home you unpack after you set up your essentials.  Some may say the bedroom, depending on the time of day, but we suggest the kitchen.  Besides, you’ll need it in the morning for breakfast anyway.  

Get your appliances in place on the counter, like your toaster oven, coffee maker, etc.  This will put you at ease and also give you a quick feeling of accomplishment and normalcy before you continue embarking on your unpacking journey.

Once you have some of the kitchen unpacked, kick back and relax for a few minutes.  It typically isn’t a race to get your home in order once you have just moved in.  Make no mistake, everyone wants their new place in order.  However, too many open boxes, a mess of bubble wrap, newspaper, and peanuts, and the stress level can mount when there is still only a little place to move about in your new home.  You may be better off ensuring the right boxes are in the right rooms and start prioritizing your task list.

Things to Avoid While Unpacking Your New Home

Bulky Furniture

That dining room table with the legs off of it, or other pieces of furniture from Target, Ikea, etc you’re adding to your furniture collection that is going to take up a bit of space can be a pain in the neck to assemble or reassemble.  You should think about how you want it situated in the room and where specifically before you assemble it so that when you go to move it, it is a simpler task than moving it three rooms away.  

Don’t Take On Too Much

In the past, it’s taken me as long as 90 days to unpack my new residence.  You don’t have to do it all in a weekend.  If you have a spare bedroom, it can wait.  Trust me… If you have a full-time job, the basement can wait… 

While unpacking everything at once and ending your move with a pristine looking home, may make you feel good, the very act of making that happy can stress you at.  It’s normal to want it done, and it’s normal to just sit on the couch and relax knowing it’s finished.  However, there’s no fast rule that says you have to do it all at once. 

Unpacking all at once also does not give you the opportunity to reevaluate whether or not you really need that thing that is coming out of the box, if you’ve lived without it for a week, a month, or even a year.  We still have boxes in the attic and garage that have not been unpacked from a move six (6) years ago.  They have to go this spring…

Chill out a little during the process of unpacking… You may just find you enjoy the process more.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Make Your Next Move More Sustainable | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Green, eco-friendly, low carbon, renewable.  All of these are terms for what our society believes businesses should be, more ‘sustainable.’  What is the definition of sustainable and how can we have an eco-friendlier move and lower our carbon footprint just a little bit?

Eliminate the Need to Purchase Moving Boxes

What?  Don’t buy moving boxes?  That’s right.  Did you know that a lot of people give away moving boxes or sell them when they are done using them?  You can go to Craigslist, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, or Offer Up to find those giving away moving boxes, selling them, or selling plastic storage bins (my personal favorite) inexpensively, and recycle them for your own use.

By recycling cardboard moving boxes, you are keeping them from hitting someone’s garbage or recycling bin and losing their ability to be used over again.  If you have a green thumb, save the cardboard boxes (if you don’t want to pay it forward again), and use them at the end of the summer season in your garden.  Pull some soil off the top of your garden, cut the boxes into single layers and put the soil back on top.  The paper in the cardboard will decompose and rejuvenate the soil, giving you richer soil to plant in the spring.  Your boxes helped you create a food source.  What’s more renewable and greener than that!?!?  Just be sure to pull off any plastic tape and dispose of it appropriately so that it does not become part of your garden…

By buying used plastic bins, you’re clearly saving the world from the energy of recycling and putting them to good use.  Don’t throw them out, however, pay it forward and give them away or resell them again so that someone else gets good use from them.  The plastic, as we all know takes forever (literally) to decompose, if it ever does at all…

Recycle at Home

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Bear with us for a moment.  Let’s assume you bought a home with a wood fireplace or wood stove. You may have a ton of newspaper used in packing and your cardboard boxes from your move.  Did you know that you could process the paper into a log, and use it in your fireplace?  This device will allow you to compress paper into a log brick that you can use to heat your home…

To recycle your paper and boxes, follow the below directions:

  1. Using one of your plastic storage bins, you tear up the waste paper like an old newspaper, journals, and cardboard boxes into pieces and soak them in water overnight in your plastic bin or a 5-gallon bucket from Lowes or Home Depot.
  2. Put the soaking paper in the briquette maker basket and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Move it to a dry place and wait for it to become dry paper brick then you can use it as stove fuel.

It’s literally that simple…

Donate, Donate, Donate

The last way you can stay green in your attempt to move is to donate unwanted clothes, small appliances, etc. to the appropriate organizations such as Goodwill. We all have clothes, shoes, and other stuff we’ve barely used that can be of service of someone else who needs it.  By donating to Goodwill, the Red Cross or some other deserving organization, we can ensure that the items will go to those who consume them based on their needs.  To us, this is the ultimate in recycling and doing good by those who would best be served by the items you might normally just put in storage or in the back of your new closet.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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The Risks of a Do It Yourself Move | Hercules Movers | NJ Movers

It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town, to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or Florida, you always have the option of doing it yourself.  It’s tempting.  Trust us.  It’s our business to know.  I mean, it seems reasonable to want to try and save a few dollars because moving can be an expensive venture, especially if you just bought your first home…

Two things we here often when those that are moving look to save a few dollars are:

  • Save time
  • Save money

But, does renting a truck, enlisting help (if you have it), and doing it yourself really help you bypass saving money and time?  After all, they say time “is” money, and if you have to take time out of your workday or the weekend to move what did you really save?  You just traded your downtime for hours of back-breaking labor for yourself.  If you’ve been thinking about a do it yourself move, you should look at the workload, the time, the effort of those helping you, etc. Other factors in your move are:

The Safety of Your “Stuff”

Ask yourself this question, “Do you trust yourself, and your friends to handle, carry, stack, unstack, handle, and carry again, all your electronics, breakables, and other items without breakage?”  One of the biggest risks in a do it yourself move is the damage of your own goods.  A fully bonded and insured moving company is insured to move your belongings.  By choosing a company such as Hercules Movers, you get professional movers that perform these jobs up to 1,000 times a year, you get a fully insured service in the event of a mishap.

 

What is it going to cost you if that 65-inch flat-screen falls off of the top of your stuff in your own Do It Yourself move?  The trip to Costco or wherever you may have purchased it, to purchase the latest model for $1,000+ dollars over what you just paid to move.  You could have hired the moving company for the rental and the cost of the television…

Which Brings us to Experienced Movers…

If you’ve ever moved an entire home before, or even hired movers to move an entire home you should be aware of a few things:

  1. Driving a large rental van or moving truck around town with all your stuff can be HARD. If you are not used to maneuvering a large vehicle you are going to have to be EXTRA careful you don’t damage the truck or another vehicle.  What would this cost you financially?  Think on that for a moment or two.  An experienced driver has no issue backing up a large vehicle or getting around tighter corners.
  2. As mentioned earlier, do you want to leave your curved 65” 4K QLED television to just anyone? If you are going to spend all the extra time trying to figure out how to pack all your stuff, safely, just remember time is money, and broken possessions are more money…  If you accidentally pack your dinner plates on the bottom of 350 pounds of other items, you may have an issue, wrapped in bubble wrap or not…  Why not leave it to an experienced team?

The Right Gear for the Job

If you’ve not done it all before, and know what you need, meaning, moving blankets, rope, extra boxes, ramps, dollies, and more, you may want to leave it to a moving company. Nothing is worse than having to stop a move, because you have to run to the big box hardware store and buy a dolly because you forgot to rent a couple of extra ones for the move… Time and money… Time and money… What is it worth to you?  You may not want to nickel and dime yourself by having to go buy extra gear, bubble wrap, moving blankets, etc. just because you miscalculated… A professional moving company can get this right the first time for you.

Lest We Mention Stress

We would be remiss if we did not indicate the number one reason, we think Do It Yourself moves should be avoided at all costs.  It’s not enough you have to start packing and disrupting your normal routine with your family at least a month ahead of time.  You’ll be putting things in boxes “hoping” you don’t need them over the course of and prior to your move.  You still have to work, you still have a normal family routine, etc. Now add in the time daunting task of packing and stacking boxes out of the way until moving day.

You may want to think about using a professional moving company at that point… A moving company can take the stress of scheduling the rental truck, picking it up, hoping your buddies can make it to help you with your move, etc. A professional moving company will bring the team with them to move you right the first time and protect your belongings correctly.  With Hercules Movers, you can expect the most professional of commitment to your move from a very reputable organization that’s been moving New Jersians for years.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Now that you are done with planning, packing, moving and unpacking, you have done the bulk of what is to be done. However, the work doesn’t end there. I wish it ended with unpacking. When you are done unpacking, you will definitely have a numerous amount of moving boxes that you’ll have to deal with. You will need to determine what to do with these boxes. The good news is that there are a lot of options available for you to choose from and this part of the moving process is not a very stressful chore you handle.

We have put down a few creative ideas available to you. You can decide to go with one or more of them.

  1. Keep them

You can fold up your moving boxes and keep them in the basement or store of your house. Especially if by the nature of your job, you have to move again. A lot of people move more than once in their life. Even if you don’t have to move again, chances are that a family member, a friend or even a neighbor will have to move sometime in the future and they will need moving boxes. You ca keep your boxes for times like that. As long as you have space to store these boxes, there’s no harm in keeping them for next time. Ensure that you do not store them in a place that can attract pests. Store the moving boxes in a cool dry place. It is also important for you to examine each box before storing it so you do not store up boxes that are damaged and will be of no future use.

  1. Sell them

You can sell them. People are always moving so there will always be need for moving boxes. You can put up posts on the internet or place poster around your new community for people around to see. You can also contact local moving companies. They should be willing to buy since they are in the business of moving for people.

  1. Donate them

You can also donate these moving boxes. Ask around for people in need of moving boxes or local organisations that need them. This can even give you the opportunity to meet people from your new community. There will always be people that could use free cardboard boxes. Community centres around or local businesses could use them for storage. Schools or churches around you could put them to good use for things like art projects or storage.

  1. DIY projects for your home

There are a lot of creative ideas for DIY projects for leftover cardboard boxes. Some are practical projects for your home while others are just artistic for decoration. We have come up with a list. Take out time to relax and enjoy doing them.

  1. DIY insulation:  Moving boxes are made from cardboard and cardboard is great for DIY insulation. This is not to state that cardboards are not replacements for actual foam insulation in your home, cardboards still very useful.  What makes cardboards good for insulation is the air trapped between the two outer layers of cardboard. If you have an attic or storage in your home, cardboards can be used to line the walls. It helps prevent extreme temperatures and make your home a little more energy-efficient. This can be a fun project for you and your family.
  2. Door labels:  If you stay in an apartment building, then you can cut some boxes and use them to label your apartment number at your door. Some buildings do not have numbers and it will be a good way for your visitors to identify your apartment. If your home is not an apartment building, you can use these boxes to label the rooms in your house. Design them and place them on the door post of each room. If you do not want to label doors, you can just decorate them and place them on doors. This can be something your children do as fun project to pass time in their new home
  3. Picture frames: Moving boxes can be designed to become picture frames. Just check the internet for a couple of DIY tutorial videos. These videos will help you transform basic boxes into beautiful frames that can be used for yourself and even be given as gifts to family and friends.
  4. Mirror frames: Boxes can be cut and designed to any shape for your mirror frames. Just cut it to suit the shape of your mirror and then get stickers and fancy things to design the box. Ensure to have fun while at it.
  5. Storage boxes: All you need to do is design the boxes to revamp the boxes and then they become fancy boxes for storing things such as magazines and random household items.
  6. Jewelry boxes: You can use old moving boxes as jewelry trays or jewelry boxes. Just pad the bottom of the box with a moving paper of foam. You can even use a napkin to do that. Then you can place your jewelry in them.
  7. Drawer dividers:  Cut the boxes into pieces and then they become useful as dividers for your drawers. Ensure to measure the size of each drawer before cutting to get the appropriate size. Dividers in your drawer will help you maximize space.
  8. Balcony planters: Leftover moving boxes can be used for planters. You can turn them into planters for your balcony or patio. Ensure to line the interior of the box with plastic bags and poke some holes for drainage.
  9. Napkin rings: If you can cut some of your leftover moving boxes and then roll them tight enough, they can be used to hold napkins in your home.
  10. Arts and crafts: Your children can make use of the left over boxes for arts and crafts. Just get paints, markers, stickers and other things used for decorating. They can create toy houses and other DIY decorations for their rooms. This will definitely be a fun activity for the family.